HURRICANE Harvey is set to smash into the Texas coast as a category 3 hurricane later. Here are the latest NOAA and NHC storm track updates, tracking map, forecasts and path projections.
We’ll have the very latest Hurricane Harvey news in one place, updated throughout the day and night until the storm has passed.
Here are live updates from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the NOAA and the National Weather Service as well as the most advanced weather models from the UK Met Office.
The NHC update said: “Recent reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph (175 km/h).
“The estimated minimum central pressure based on reconnaissance data is 952 mb (28.11 inches).”
Hurricane Harvey was located about 145 miles (235km) from Corpus Christi and about 150 miles (245km) from Port O-Connor, Texas. It was moving 10mph (17 km/h).
5.50am CDT: ‘Turn around don’t drown!’ – Flash flood warning
The National Weather Service Houston/Galveston tweeted: “A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 4 AM CDT until through Monday AM, and may need to be extended past Monday.
“Turn around don’t drown!”
The National Weather Service Corpus Christi posted: “In addition to damaging winds & storm surge, heavy rainfall & Flash Flooding will be a major concern across South Texas!”
5.07am CDT: ‘Life-threatening and devastating flooding’ forecast
The NHC warned: ”Life-threatening and devastating flooding expected near the coast due to heavy rainfall and storm surge.”
Up to 35 inches (97 cm) of rain are expected over parts of Texas, with winds up to 125 mph, and sea levels may surge as high as 12 feet (3.7 meters).
Louisiana could get 10 to 15 inches of rain. Flood warnings are in effect for Louisiana and northern Mexico.
5am CDT: ‘Now is the time to urgently hide from the wind’
The National Weather Service said: “Now is the time to urgently hide from the wind. Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life, or immense human suffering
“To be safe, aggressively prepare for the potential of devastating to catastrophic storm surge flooding impacts.
“Evacuation efforts should now be brought to completion. Evacuations must be complete before driving conditions become unsafe.”
- Hurricane Warning: Port Mansfield to Sargent, Texas
- Hurricane Watch: South of Port Mansfield, Texas, to the mouth of the Rio Grande
- Storm Surge Warning: Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas
- Storm Surge Watch: South of Port Mansfield, Texas, to the mouth of the Rio Grande
- Tropical Storm Warning: North of Sargent to High Island, Texas,
- Tropical Storm Warning: South of Port Mansfield, Texas, to the mouth of the Rio Grande
- Tropical Storm Watch: South of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan, Mexico
Hurricane Harvey path: The latest map shows Harvey is on track to hit Texas
In relation to the Storm Surge Warning, the NHC said: “This is a life-threatening situation.
“Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for their dangerous conditions.
“Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.”
4.05am CDT: ‘Prepare to protect life’ Hurricane Warning
In relation to the Hurricane Warning, the NHC said: “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.”
4am CDT: Harricane Harvey just 180 miles from Corpus Christi
Hurricane Harvey was located about 180 miles (290km) from Corpus Christi and 185 miles (295km) from Port O’Connor in Texas.
The latest storm track shows Hurricane Harvey is forecast to make landfall near Corpus Christi. Houston is at risk of flooding and storm surge.
Hurricane Harvey path map: This map shows when the storm is due to make landfall
3.40am CDT: Texas Govenor says take action ‘to save your life’
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told the public: “I strongly urge all Texans to heed warnings from your local officials.
“I also urge that you immediately follow evacuation orders for all impacted counties, particularly in Corpus Christi and Houston where the storm surge and flooding from Hurricane Harvey are most likely.
“Please take all necessary precautions to save your life and minimise risk.”
He added: “Don’t take any chances evacuate when you are ordered. Also be sure to avoid rising waters and take care of each other. May God bless you and keep you safe.”
The governor said Donald Trump and the heads of FEMA and Homeland Security are “helping Texas to respond to” Hurricane Harvey.
3.35am CDT: Hurricane Harvey triggers evacuations
The storm’s approach has triggered evacuations and cancelled the first day of school in communities along the south Texas coast, which is home to 5.8 million people from Corpus Christi to Galveston.
3.30am CDT: Harvey to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday
The powerful hurricane is forecast to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday after growing into a category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph (169 kph), the NHC said in an advisory.
Hurricane Harvey path update: Map shows Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico
The NOAA’s NHC said: “On the forecast track, Harvey will approach the middle Texas coast later today and make landfall Friday night or early Saturday.
“Harvey is then likely to stall near or just inland of the middle Texas coast through the weekend.”
It added: “Some additional strengthening is possible, and Harvey is expected to become a major hurricane before it reaches the middle Texas coast.”
2am CDT: Hurricane Harvey winds hit 105 mph
Air Force and NOAA Hurricane Hunter planes found that maximum sustained winds have hit almost 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre of the storm. The latest minimum central pressure was 967 mb (28.56 inches).
1.20am CDT update: Latest rainfall update: Up to 35 inches forecast
The NOAA’s NHC said: “Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 35 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast.
“During the same time period Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 7 to 15 inches in far south Texas and the Texas Hill Country eastward through central and southwest Louisiana, with accumulations of up to 7 inches extending into other parts of Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley.
“Rainfall from Harvey will cause devastating and life-threatening flooding.”
Hurricane Harvey cone is set to strike Texas in USA
4.24pm CDT: Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: “For those in the path of #HurricaneHarvey, please stay safe and check with @NWSNHC for important updates.”
3.16pm CDT update: Communities in the path of the quickly strengthening storm began evacuating and energy firms have shut refineries and offshore oil and gas platforms.
The NHC said Harvey is forecast to come ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, the third most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which would make it the strongest to hit the US mainland in 12 years.
2.16pm CDT: US gasoline prices surged to a three-week high on Thursday as Hurricane Harvey moved across the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to strike the heart of the country’s oil refining industry when it comes ashore in Texas this weekend.
Hurricane Harvey: Current location and map of where Hurricane Harvey is
The National Hurricane Center told people to complete their preparations tonight before the hurricane winds get too strong by tomorrow.
The NHC tweeted: “People in #Texas should prepare today for #Hurricane #Harvey as winds could be too strong for preparations on Friday.”
12.28pm CDT: Port Aransas evacuation order
Local authorities have issued a mandatory evacuation order for Port Aransas, a coastal city on Mustang Island.
Aransas Pass Police Department posted on Facebook: “There is no ‘time limit’ on getting out. You are ordered to evacuate.
“If you choose not to or you delay your departure, there’s a strong chance you increase the risk to your own safety.
“Additionally, public safety crews may not be able to respond to you if you experience an emergency.”
The NHC tweeted: “#Harvey is now a #hurricane w/80-mph winds. A special advisory is coming by 1p CDT to update the intensity forecast hurricanes.gov”
According to data collected by the NOAA Hurricane Hunters, Tropical Storm Harvey has reached hurricane level winds
“Hurricane hunters have found winds well in excess of hurricane force on the latest SW->NE leg. #Harvey is definitely a hurricane now,” tweeted Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles.
Meteorologist Ryan Harrahan tweeted: “#Harvey is now a hurricane as rapid intensification continues in Gulf. 88 kts flight level wind and 76 kt surface winds by SFMR.”
Hurricane Harvey path update: Maps show the rain forecast
The National Weather Service said: “Harvey is forecast to bring torrential rains and dangerous storm surge that have the potential to create a life threatening flooding situation starting Friday.
“Damaging hurricane-strength winds are also possible.”
Hurricane Harvey path: Latest path projection for the Tropical Storm
NHC tweeted: “Harvey is quickly intensifying & is now forecast to be a category 3 #hurricane at landfall in Texas.”
The latest NHC advisory said: “Harvey has intensified quickly this morning, and is now forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall, bringing life-threatening storm surge, rainfall and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast.
“Preparations to protect life and property should be completed by tonight as tropical storm force winds will first arrive in the hurricane and storm surge warning areas on Friday.
“A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for much of the Texas coast. Life-threatening storm flooding could reach heights of 6 to 10 feet above ground level.”
Hurricane Harvey path image: NOAA Satellites shared this photograph of Tropical Storm Harvey
Category 3 hurricanes have between 111 mph to 129 mph sustained winds and cause “devastating damage”.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale says: “Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends.
“Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.”
Hurricane Harvey path map: Eye of the storm heading for Corpus Christi
The NHC tweeted: “Up to 30 inches of rain is possible over SE #Texas & these rains could cause life-threatening flash flooding.”
10.15am CDT: Harvey ‘quickly strengthening’ to hurricane
The NHC said: “Harvey quickly strengthening and forecast to become major hurricane when it approaches the middle Texas coast.
“Life-threatening storm surge and freshwater flooding expected.”
10am CDT: Texans told to check hurricane evacuation routes
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tweeted: “If you’re not sure what your hurricane evacuation route is, check with your local emergency mgmt office & listen to local officials.”
Hurricane Harvey path: NOAA Hurricane Hunters set out to find the Tropical Storm
NOAA Hurricane Hunters shared a photograph of their NOAA42 aircraft setting out to find Tropical Storm Harvey.
The official Twitter account said: “#NOAA42 airborne now on the way to #TSHarvey.”
9.30am CDT: Weather satellite captures ‘beautiful image’
Weather satellite GOES-16 has captured a ‘beautiful’ image of Tropical Storm Harvey over the Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service tweeted: “Wow!
“#GOES16 captured this beautiful geocolor image of Trop Storm #Harvey in the Gulf this morning.”
Hurricane Harvey path image: NHC shares this image of Tropical Storm Harvey
The NOAA’s interactive map shows that the eye of the storm is heading for Corpus Christi on the Texan coast.
6.24 CDT: Harvey to ‘strengthen into a hurricane’
The National Weather Service said: “Tropical Storm Harvey is gradually strengthening as it moves NW towards the Texas Coast.
“Harvey is expected to continue to strengthen into a hurricane on Friday before landfall.
“The primary impact from Harvey remains heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding for southeast Texas, but there is also the threat for tropical storm to hurricane force winds and storm surge along the coast.
“The most likely arrival time for tropical storm force winds to reach the upper Texas coast is during the day on Friday.”
Hurricane Harvey path update: This storm tracker shows that Harvey is on track to hit Texas
The latest NOAA advisory said: “Harvey is likely to being multiple hazards including heavy rain, storm surge and possible hurricane conditions to portions of the Texas coast beginning on Friday.
“Heavy rainfall is likely to spread across portions of eastern Texas, Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley from Friday through early next week and could cause life-threatening flooding.”
4.51am CDT: Tropical Storm Harvey forecast to become Hurricane
The storm is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall near Corpus Christi on Friday, the National Weather Service said.
Hurricane Harvey path LIVE UPDATES: Maps show the latest path projection and rainfall forecast
The NHC said: “On the forecast track, Harvey should be approaching the Texas coast on Friday.
“Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph (70 km/h) with higher gusts.
“Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Harvey could become a a hurricane on Friday.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on Wednesday for 30 counties, authorising the use of state resources to prepare for the storm.
He said: “Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency. That is why I am taking every precaution prior to Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall.
“Preemptively declaring a state of disaster will allow Texas to quickly deploy resources for the emergency response effort in anticipation of the storm’s hazardous conditions.”
Harvey has since been upgraded from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm.
The state of disaster covers Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties.
Hurricane Harvey path update: Image shows Harvey reforming into tropical depression in the Gulf
Cities and counties along the state’s coastal region distributed sandbags to residents as some businesses boarded up windows.
Coastal residents flocked to grocery stores to stock up on water and other supplies, local media reported.
1am CDT Texas university evacuates students
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi issued a mandatory evacuation to all students who live on campus and canceled events.
Midnight CDT: Petrol companies to curb output
Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum and Exxon Mobil announced on Wednesday they were curbing some oil and gas output at facilities in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the storm.
via source: Express